Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said BJP on its track for winning 120 Assembly seats in Odisha in 2019 polls

Bijepur: The BJP on Sunday reiterated its claim that the party is on its track for winning 120 Assembly seats in Odisha in the forthcoming general elections.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated this while speaking to mediapersons after the broadcast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme in Bijepur of Bargarh district, where he was present. “The ruling party has become very arrogant; and people of Odisha want to get rid of the BJD. We will form Government here in 2019 and its foundation will be laid from Bijepur,” Pradhan said.

People have confidence and faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose image and developmental works would help the BJP win the Bijepur Assembly by-election, he maintained.

He wanted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to give a clarification why the targeted amount of fines for illegal mining has not been collected by the State Government while the deadline of December 31 for it has elapsed. Pradhan also slammed the State Government for not allocation any funds for the Bijepur irrigation project.

He alleged that the project named after poet Gangadhar Meher is meant to hoodwink people. However in reaction, BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb said the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme is held every month in which the Prime Minister speaks on various issue, but the BJP State unit presented the programme in Bijepur in such a way as if the Prime Minister would directly address the people of the region. Earlier, the BJP had made arrangements at all the 270 booths in the Bijepur constituency to bring together people and party workers to listen to Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio. And 270 BJP State leaders including president Basant Panda and Legislature Party Leader KV Singh Deo were present.